Salaries and workforce demands are some of the selling points lawmakers and others sometimes use to encourage students to pursue science, technology, engineering and math. However, some students say that being exposed to STEM and their personal interest in the field is more motivating than money and job security. "If you want to get more kids interested in it you can't just be like, 'You're going to make a lot of money doing this,' " high-school senior Christian Seipp said. "... You have to get kids interested in it. ... A happy life is more than just money."

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